Saltena is one of the most popular snacks throughout Bolivia. It is a pastry filled with a spicy, juicy stew of meat or chicken with chopped vegetables , olives and hard -boiled egg.
It is also a mixture of diced meat, chicken, chives, raisins, diced potatoes, hot sauce and pepper baked in dough
Named after the city of Salta in Argentina, Saltenas are sold from street stalls and eaten in the mid-morning accompanied by a cold drink and a spoonful or two of chilli sauce if desired; eating them by hand without spilling the rich gravy all over your clothes is an acquired skill.
The best Saltenas are found in Sucre, where they are also sold in specialist cafes called Saltenerias, which open only in the mid-morning and serve nothing else.